Sep 082012
 
Loggerhead Turtle

While most of my time in Australia was spent in the Killarney area, I did manage a few days with the family up on the Fraser Coast, where we spent two nights at Burrum Heads. We also spent a bit of time at Hervey Bay. I got to photograph most of the common species, along with a big surprise – a Loggerhead Turtle that swam along almost the entire length of the Urangan Jetty!

Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

Silver Gull

Silver Gull

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Crested Tern

Crested Tern

Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant with Fishhook in Gape

Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite with Mullet

Osprey

Osprey

Australian Pelican

Flock of Australian Pelican at Sunset

Dec 042011
 

I revisited the Queen Mary Falls area the next morning, again very early as I didn’t have much time on this day. My main focus was to photograph the male Satin Bowerbird in his bower, plus to walk the trail down to the foot of the falls and capture anything interesting. Also, I removed the 1.4x TC and just used the 300/2.8 at its native focal length, which gave me an extra stop of light as well as better resolution. After a couple of hours at Queen Mary Falls, I stopped briefly at Daggs Falls on the way back to my parents’ place. Then, on the way back to the Gold Coast, I paused at a lookout and took a shot of the Head, an iconic mountain near Boonah.

Queen Mary Falls

Queen Mary Falls

Daggs Falls

Daggs Falls

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Satin Bowerbird (male)

Black-shouldered Kite being attacked by Willie Wagtail

Black-shouldered Kite being attacked by Willie Wagtail

Bell Miner

Bell Miner

Brown Thornbill

Brown Thornbill

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Spotted Pardalote (male)

Spotted Pardalote (male)

Superb Fairy-wren (male)

Superb Fairy-wren (male)

Buff-banded Rail

Buff-banded Rail

Swamp Wallaby

Swamp Wallaby

Grey Kangaroo

Grey Kangaroo

Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon

The Head

The Head